Other Characters: N/A
Interests: I love the idea of him interacting with other races (and other Elves!). I also love the idea of him coming out of his shell - he has been so insular for centuries - and I think he might prove himself heroic in action sequences. He also is very fond of animals, so he will see to them no matter where he goes.
Name: Elu Thingol | Elwë | Singollo; King of Doriath, Lord of Beleriand
Canon/OC: The Silmarillion
Canon Point: After his death.
Age: Between 4,315 and 4,813.
As one of the first Elves created by Eru, Thingol - then called Elwë - resided in Aman. There, nothing ill befell him or his brothers. They lived in peace and harmony for the most part until they sired children of their own. Then strife entered, quietly and subtly, and it only grew in strength once they sailed to Arda.
Aman, essentially, is like Tolkien's "Garden of Eden"/"Paradise". The initial creations of Eru - Valar and Maiar included - were joined there under Eru's watchful eye. On each side of the continent, there are great oceans and on the east side, there are the tallest mountains in the world - which protect Aman from Melkor. On top of said mountains, King Manwë and Queen Varda reside.
More importantly, for Thingol's tale, the Two Trees of Valinor resided in Aman during those ancient times. He is one of the few Elves that saw their light and thus he is stronger/more powerful than his kin because of their light/influence.
Middle Earth is a land that is outside of paradise. It is a land that is both blessed and cursed depending on where one travels. There are great forests, mountains, wide plains, lakes and so forth. While it is not as pure and perfect as Aman, the Elves were obviously drawn by its beauty and many of them chose to stay for a time.
However in the east, Melkor and his forces took control. Such land was considered shadowed/cursed and the Elves avoided it, seeking to defend wherever they settled from Orcs/Dragons etc. instead.
Thingol chose to reside in Beleriand and he called his kingdom Doriath. Doriath is a forested realm surrounding a river named Sirion. The Girdle of Melian (Melian being his Queen) protects his realm from the Dark influences of Melkor and his minions. One cannot enter the kingdom easily - especially if they are armed. Melian's power is great as she is a Maia and by being in her presence for so long, Thingol too has gained in power. Thus their kingdom is considered one of the safest places on Middle Earth.
Great walls of stone compose his home, but there are those of his people who prefer to stay under the trees. Thingol too does not seem to like being cooped up and when the weather is fair, he wanders with Melian in the forests.
↣ Elwë was born at Cuiviénen - a time before the moon and the sun when all was lit by starlight.
↣ The Vala Oromë gathered Elwë and his two brothers (Ingwë and Finwë) to be Elvish ambassadors. They were encouraged to travel West and convince the Elves there to join the Valar in the Blessed Realm (i.e. Aman). Each of the brothers managed to take a large number of Elves with them on the journey and so three groups were created: the Vanyar, the Noldor, and the Teleri. The Teleri were the largest of the groups and so they were led by two: Elwë and his brother Olwë.
↣ Since the Teleri moved so slow, they were forced to wait on Middle Earth for a time. It was then that Elwë wandered into the Forest of Nan Elmoth. He spied and fell in love with the Maia Melian there and they spent two hundred years together before they returned to the Elves that waited for them.
↣ In Elwë's absence, only some of the Teleri had sailed back to Valinor with the Valar and Olwë. The rest remained behind. Once Elwë returned, they saw how he had changed; he was now the tallest of all the Children of Eru. He looked more like a Maia than an Elf to their eyes and thus he became their King and earned the name Elu Thingol. His people became known as the Grey Elves or Sindar.
↣ He declared himself the Lord/King of Beleriand and established his kingdom, Doriath, in the forests.
↣ On Melian's advice, he allied himself with the Dwarves of Belegost.
↣ As the foul creations of Melkor multiplied, Thingol saw his people armed and prepared for combat. The First Battle of Beleriand went in his favor, but many Elves were lost. Melian encircled Doriath with her Girdle as a result, protecting their people/kingdom further.
↣ Thanks to a certain Kinslaying (as well as other matters), Thingol's relationship with the Noldor was strained and then it became nonexistent. He banned the use of Quenya in his lands and thus Sindarin became the common tongue.
↣ He and Melian had one child - a daughter named Lúthien. She fell in love with a mortal and Thingol tasked the mortal (Beren) to retrieve a Silmaril from Morgoth (Melkor) in order to prove he was worthy of her. (It's a long story and it ends with Thingol losing his daughter.)
↣ He also adopted another child (a mortal) named Túrin. He too had a tragic end.
↣ Húrin, Túrin's blood father, brought the Nauglamír to Thingol in order to "thank" him for aiding his son. Unfortunately Thingol began to covet possessing the greatest piece of jewelry on Arda and thus he tasked Dwarves to take the Nauglamír and place the Silmaril in it. The Dwarves did so, but they wanted the piece of jewelry as payment. Thingol was angered and said harsh words to them. They retaliated by killing him.
Pride is not an odd trait for Arda Elves, yet Thingol has ever been a strong, confident presence (even for his kind). He lets no one dictate his actions and he acts according to his natural whims; the fact that such whims usually are aligned with his wife's speaks of their compatibility and not of him adhering to the wishes of another. Though Melian and Lúthien will forever be different. They are his family; his kin and therefore they are like extensions of him rather than independent individuals (which is why he takes Lúthien's death so hard). He will only argue with their decisions if he can see the inherent danger of them - such as when Lúthien wished to wed Beren. He did not set such an onerous, dangerous task for Beren only to see if he felt truly for his daughter, but also because he desired to frighten the Man away. Thingol did not want the peace of his family - and his kingdom - wrecked.
Was it selfish of him to only consider his feelings on the matter? Yes and he knows now that he played a hand in their deaths. However, no matter his guilt over the matter, Thingol has not changed his thinking or habits overmuch. He is half-wild compared to other Elves and the forest calls to him depending on the season. Even if he notices a problem within his kingdom, he will abandon those halls to walk under the trees with Melian (Túrin - his second child (a foster) - should know that well). He believes all situations will work themselves out one way or another and that his interference - especially if said interference means him (or his people) leaving Doriath - is a waste. Doriath must be protected. Beleriand must be protected. He does not let his personal feelings cloud his decisions on those matters. Losing his daughter was a sharp blow; one he refuses to endure again.
Each loss of his kin or his people only strengthens his resolve to keep them hidden - absolutely - from the Enemy's eye. His protective nature will extend to those he allies himself with wherever he goes. Thingol does not fear battle - he is a mighty, imposing figure on any field - but, frankly, he has had his fill of it. He much prefers peace and living amongst the trees with those who deserve his affection. Additionally - and perhaps oddly - he does have a soft spot for children as well as those who are fleeing from war or strife. His priorities might strike one as odd, yet for those under his wing, he is a warm, kind presence. He never forces anyone out of his kingdom if they have need - and are appreciative - of what he gives.
On a lesser note, he will continue to seek treasure - such is also his nature - but he will not allow himself to be enchanted by it. The Nauglamír and Simaril taught him much about self-restraint, though he cannot help being drawn to fine craftsmanship.
Strengths & Weaknesses
↣ He is a fine warrior who is accomplished with sword and bow.
↣ He is the tallest of the Children of Ilúvatar - standing at or over eight feet.
↣ He has all the strengths of his race: far-seeing, excellent hearing, graceful, no need for slumber (only a reverie now and then), immunity to sickness (but not to poisons) and the ability to move silently and leave little to no trace of his passing. Furthermore, he is immortal and he will never age.
↣ He has extensive experience ruling a large kingdom (plus the surrounding land).
↣ His is not a bad heart - he does not seek to be purposefully cruel - but because of his self-imposed isolation, there are situations/people he has never encountered before. (See Weaknesses.) But the love he has for his family/friends/allies is true and without reservation. Additionally, he always seeks to be fair with them even if a crime is committed and tempers run high.
↣ Despite his age, as I hinted at above, Thingol is ignorant of much. For example, with Túrin, there were times he turned to Melian in confusion over the Man's actions and it was clear he was lost when it came to reading his foster-son's intentions. If Thingol shows kindness, he expects for the gift to be returned; when it is shunned or rejected, he is at a loss as to what to do.
↣ All of his Elven strengths cannot protect him from blades/arrows and the like. Physical wounds can take his life - as proven by the Dwarves.
↣ His ego and his temper often become entwined. Once one is bruised or riled, the other follows suit. He has said much he does not truly mean in the heat of the moment.
↣ His longing to see the Light of the Two Trees of Aman has spurred him into prizing many treasures. Doriath was filled with such beauties and he will wish to seek more. He can be rash and difficult to assuage when his eyes are set on a particular prize. (Yet he has learned not to push others too hard after his bloody death, though he thinks he must have been mad to covet the Nauglamír and Silmaril so and to hold them - even briefly - above his kingdom and his people.)
↣ Old fears and new ones might make him reclusive; he will be drawn to any/all trees, yet none will be able to compare to his forest. For the first time in ages - quite literally - he is not a King, but a free Elf wandering according to his whims. He will be lost and that will inevitably draw him to company for good or ill.
His Kingly attire (robes, boots, rings, necklaces, crown and various undergarments), his sword as well as a pair of ornate daggers. (This is how I see him (sans sword and daggers, of course).)
I explained in his strengths how Elves differ from the Men of Arda. (↣ He has all the strengths of his race: far-seeing, excellent hearing, graceful, no need for slumber (only a reverie now and then), immunity to sickness (but not to poisons) and the ability to move silently and leave little to no trace of his passing. Furthermore, he is immortal and he will never age.) After reading the rules, I believe all that would change is that he will need slumber? The rest of his abilities are not magic and when he is away from Melian, any power she lent him will wane. He will simply lack the power he has depended upon for hundreds of years to protect his allies, which means he must take up his sword and fight again.
I think he will end up supporting the Inquisition in the long run if they continue to work on the rifts openly and honestly. He cannot abide lies, so if he discovers some underhandedness, he will break off and ally those he can trust. Over-all, however, I think Thingol is an excellent fit for the game and it will be good for him. I like to see characters grow from their canon states and he has a lot of room to do so. As I have said before, he is an insular and surprisingly ignorant being. The more he interacts with other races/people/places, the more he will evolve and I think that will make him a better leader/king.
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